LNP member threatens resignation over Elmes de-amalgamation stand
A LONG-serving Liberal National Party member is threatening to resign in protest unless MP Glen Elmes defends Mayor Mark Jamieson and Local Government Minister David Crisafulli and state officials from a Free Noosa attack.
John Andrews has been a conservative party member since 1965, but has been riled by a recent Free Noosa online post from Noosa Independence Alliance spokesman Noel Playford accusing Boundaries Commissioner Colin Meng of "authorising disgraceful radio ads and sending a letter to all voters".
Mr Playford told supporters that Noosa can expect similar advertising to a radio ad prepared for broadcast in the Douglas de-amalgamation region of North Queensland as part of an "ongoing attempt to try to maximise the "no" vote.
Mr Andrews, who has been working as a volunteer for the No Noosa De-amalgamation campaign emailed the Noosa LNP demanding Mr Elmes denounce "this unfounded and misleading attack".
"Glen may feel that March 9 is his Independence Day, but there are lots of people that he represents that don't have the same personal view," Mr Andrews said.
"This is an attack on the credibility of various arms of the Government of which he is a minister. If he does not make a significant statement I, and I suspect others, will terminate our membership to a conservative party of which I have been member since 1965."
Mr Elmes said the mayor and other officials named are big enough to stand up for themselves and don't need him to speak for them.
"It's five minutes to midnight with this (de-amalgamation) and passions are running out of control and there's a little bit of name calling going on which I would suggest stops," Mr Elmes said.
"We've just got to get to the polling booth quietly on March 9 and make a decision...whether they're going to vote yes or no...think about it very clearly before they cast their vote."